Luxury Design, Past & Present
The Viennese painter Hans Pellar was also called "painter of elegance" by his contemporaries. Pellar attended the Vienna Academy from 1905 to 1906 and attended Franz von Stuck's painting school until 1908. With his detailed and typically Viennese works, Hans Pellar soon attracted the attention of several famous art patrons and was appointed to the artists' colony in Darmstadt by the Grand Duke of Hesse in 1911. There he specialized mainly in portrait painting and thus became known to an elite circle of collectors. His imaginative and brilliant depictions of ladies of the high society in elegant dresses were particularly appreciated. Also known are his humorous and partly erotic scenes taken from society. In his pictures Hans Pellar skilfully combines the mysticism of Franz von Stuck with the ornamentation and colourfulness of the Vienna Secessionists.Pellar liked to use bright, light colours with gold and colourful ornaments as well as plaques, entirely in the style of the great Gustav Klimt. These techniques lend Hans Pellar's works a strong distinctiveness that makes him stand out from his contemporaries.
Our "lady in a ball gown" shows the typical brush stroke of Hans Pellar. The colors are predominantly bright and light; Pellar uses only a few strong tones, such as dark green and red, and these only to add necessary accents. The parallels to other great Viennese painters of the time are very clearly visible. While the white peonies on the page evoke associations with paintings by Carl Moll and August Rieger, the grotesque masks in the background are reminiscent of works by Alexander Rothaug.The use of gold as a design element also reflects the strong influence of Gustav Klimt. Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann and other craftsmen from Vienna, on the other hand, come to mind when looking at the plaques and ornaments on the lady's dress. With this painting Hans Pellar created a characteristic work in which many features of the Secessionist artist scene in Vienna from the time around 1900 are being represented.
signed bottom right: "Hans Pellar München 1909"